I went a respectable 9-5 last week. I’m now 40-34 for the season.
That means I have a slightly better winning percentage than both Joe Theismann and Marcus Allen, and I’m tied with Mike Golic. Oh, and I’m breathing down Ron Jaworski’s neck (metaphorically…I swear!).
Anyway, here are my picks for the NFL’s Week #6:
Sunday, Oct. 16
Atlanta at New Orleans (actually, San Antonio, TX) 1:00 p.m.
Both teams lost last week. But the Falcons have a better record, and are simply a better team. Also, the Saints can’t really claim much of a “home-field advantage” when playing in a city 500 miles to the west of New Orleans. Atlanta by 7.
Carolina at Detroit 1:00 p.m.
Well, you know I’m going to pick the Lions to win (as I loyally do every week), so the only question is by how much. Answer: not much. Lions by 1.
Cincinnati at Tennessee 1:00 p.m.
Cincinnati is undefeated no more, after losing to the Jags on Sunday. Meanwhile, Tennessee won handily last week (albeit against the hapless, and winless, Houston Texans). But the Bengals are capable of putting a lot of points on the board, and the Titans have a porous defense. Bengals by 13.
Cleveland at Baltimore 1:00 p.m.
Somewhat surprisingly, these two teams meet with Cleveland having the superior record. But the Ravens simply imploded last week, getting called for 21 penalties against the Lions, and losing badly. They are not likely to throw another game away this week, in front of the home crowd. Ravens by 6.
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh 1:00 p.m.
Two solid teams coming off victories. But the Steelers are a slightly better team, and are at home. Pittsburgh by 9.
Miami at Tampa Bay 1:00 p.m.
Tampa Bay has played five games so far this season, and has given up a mere 59 points. That’s under 12 points per game. Miami simply cannot win against a team with a good defense, as was shown last week when they lost to the Bills. Bucs by 8.
Minnesota at Chicago 1:00 p.m.
I can’t think a single reason why the poorly-coached, Moss-less Vikings could be expected to win this game, on the road, against a division rival with a potent defense. Bears by 7.
N.Y. Giants at Dallas 1:00 p.m.
This is a tough one to pick. The Eli Manning-led Giants offense has been surprisingly effective so far this season. However, Dallas is at home, they are coming off a blowout victory against hated division rival Philly, and I believe they will rise to the occasion against another hated division rival this week. Cowboys by 4.
Washington at Kansas City 1:00 p.m.
This is another tough one. But I don’t have much faith in the Redskins, especially on the road, especially coming off that painful loss against Denver on Sunday. And the Chiefs are too good to lose their third game in a row, particularly while playing in front of their own fans. KC by 2.
New England at Denver 4:15 p.m.
I’m still sticking with my prediction that the Broncos will miss the playoffs this year. That may look a bit foolish in light of their current 4-1 record. But I believe that’s going to fall to 4-2 this Sunday. Pats by 4.
N.Y. Jets at Buffalo 4:15 p.m.
Two below-average AFC East teams from New York with lousy offenses. Sounds like a lot of fun to watch…not! Bills by 1.
San Diego at Oakland 4:15 p.m.
I haven’t been wrong about a single one of Oakland’s games. How long can I keep that streak alive? We shall find out this weekend. SD by 3.
Houston at Seattle 8:30 p.m.
The best team in the NFC West, at home, against the worst team in the NFL. In front of a national television audience. Seems pretty clear to me. Seahawks by 11.
Monday, Oct. 17
St. Louis at Indianapolis 9:00 p.m.
The best team in the NFL, at home, against the only team this season to lose to San Francisco. In front of a national television audience. Seems very clear to me. Colts by 24.
[Open date: Arizona, Green Bay, Philadelphia, San Francisco]
Random factoid: I picked ten home teams to win this week, and only four road teams…